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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Side Effects'

Side Effects

Blu-ray (R)

Movie: 3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 out of 4 stars

If this -- the first great movie 2013 -- indeed turns out to be director Steven Soderbergh's final effort, he certainly went out on top. Owing a great deal to Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Lumet, the movie is a psychological drama that plays out more like an espionage thriller. Jude Law stars as a Manhattan psychiatrist assigned to examine a disturbed woman (Rooney Mara) who may have just committed murder. Offering up an Oscar-caliber performance as another shrink, Catherine Zeta-Jones goes full-tilt creepy without straying into self-parody. The extras are nothing to speak of but the visuals and audio are beyond superb.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.85:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), subtitles: English, French and Spanish.

Special features include:

-- Fake drug commercials

-- Behind-the scenes short

-- Interactive Website Experience

-- Additional DVD, Digital Copy and UltaViolet disc

Universal, $34.98